National Order of Merit (Bhutan)
|National Order of Bhutan|
|Awarded by Bhutan|
|Awarded for||distinguished and meritorious services to the state|
|Sovereign||Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck|
|Next (higher)||Royal Order of Bhutan|
|Next (lower)||Order of Great Victory of the Thunder Dragon|
Ribbon bar of the order
The National Order of Merit was founded by King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck on 7 November 2008.
It is awarded as reward for distinguished and meritorious services to the state.
It is composed of three classes :
- First Class - a chest medal in gold.
- Second Class - a chest medal in silver.
- Third Class - a chest medal in bronze.
The badge of the medal is a medallion with right-profile image of the King, inside an eight-petals stylised flower, itself inside an eight-pointed stylised star, simply hanging from a ribbon. The whole medal is in gold, silver or bronze, according to the rank (photo).
The ribbon of the medal is dark orange with lighter orange borders
- Bhutan Observer, Bhutan's first private bilingual newspaper [in Gold] (17 December 2011).
- Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of National Council (current position), Actor and Researcher at the Center for Bhutan Studies [in Gold] (17 December 2014).
- Harald Nestroy, Ambassador and Chairman of the society Pro Bhutan (17 December 2015).
- Sanduk Ruit, Doctor, eye surgeon (17 December 2015).
- Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan [in Gold] (17 December 2016).
- Royal Ark, Bhutanese decorations